Need an icebreaker at that awkward work event? Want to get your dinner party laughing but struggling for ideas? Want to learn a little more about your new friend?
Play two truths and a lie—you’ll break that ice in no time and find out a few things about your guests you never imagined… And discover who’s the best liar.
In this article, I’ll tell you about the game, teach you the rules, provide some tips on good lies and bad truths, and give you fifty good examples you can adapt for yourself.
What is Two Truths and a Lie?
Two Truths and a Lie is an easy-to-play, hard-to-master game that can be played with two to twenty players of any age. You don’t need any equipment, just the ability to keep a straight face and look like an angel. No matter how big a whopper you’ve just told. You can keep score if you’re competitive (or want to document who really is the biggest liar amongst you) but really this is about having fun.
Get comfortable and sit so that you can all see whoever is talking. And then you can begin.
How to Play Two Truths and a Lie?
Whoever starts decides on three statements about themselves and tells the rest of the group. Two of these statements are true, and one is a juicy lie. The rest of the group have to decide which is which.
That’s it, simple and straightforward. It’s a great way to get to know new people or soften an awkward situation.
There really is only one rule—be honest!
I know that sounds odd in a game about lying, but it’s also about getting to know people. So, include two real truths about yourself and if they guess the lie is a lie. Tell them.
Tips, tricks and sneakiness
While the rules are simple, the execution requires skill. And a few little tricks.
The first is to know what makes a good lie. In the context of this game, a good lie is simply something that could be true. Saying ‘My IQ is a 160’ is unlikely (Albert Einstein’s was around 160) but saying ‘My IQ is 119’ is perfectly plausible. It is also very specific and specific is good when lying because it creates doubt.
Put your lie close to the truth and it’s hard to know the difference. After all, you might not be able to swim, but the chances of you winning an Olympic medal at swimming are a lot less.
The opposite is true for what makes a good truth. If you have won an Olympic medal that’s a great truth to tell because it sounds unlikely. If you’ve climbed Everest or read the entire works of Shakespeare, these are things that sound like lies but might be true. Which means you’re creating doubt in the mind of your guests. And doubt is good.
50 great examples for Two Truths and a Lie
- I’ve been in a hot air balloon
- I’ve flown in the cockpit of a plane
- I’ve played soccer with Manchester United
- I’ve been in a submarine
- I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro
- I’ve never been abroad
- I’ve not tasted champagne
- I’ve never played in the snow
- I was in a commercial/have been on TV
- I’ve never ridden a train
- I used to work in a circus
- I once worked for a famous person
- I once played an instrument/sang on the street
- I used to work as a food taster
- I once delivered newspapers
- I once met the president/prime minister
- I once talked to royalty
- I sat next to (famous person) at dinner
- I got (famous person)’s autograph
- I used to have a crush on (famous person)
Likes and dislikes
- I hate cheese
- I love oysters
- I dislike the color red
- I don’t like trees
- I love dogs
- My favourite animal is a snake
- I hate spiders
- I love Paris
- I dislike Singapore
- I love splashing in puddles
Fears and allergies
- I’m scared of elevators
- I’m allergic to pollen
- I’m scared of hills
- Polyester gives me a rash
- I’m scared of the dark
Abilities and skills
- I can play the guitar
- I can juggle
- I can’t whistle
- I’m tone deaf
- I can swim 50 meters underwater
- I once ate 7 hotdogs in a minute
- I can sing the national anthem backwards
- I can do the moonwalk
- I don’t like candy
- I once went a whole week without a shower
- My favourite colour is beige
- I like cod liver oil
- I think babies are weird
- I have a birthmark in the shape of an animal
- I had an imaginary friend called Brian